J.D. Concentrations in Health Law, Intellectual Property, and Compliance
The law school has three formal "concentrations" (Health Law, Intellectual Property, and Compliance.) Select one of the following to learn more and remember to check for detailed instructions in registration materials distributed to students in the fall and spring semesters.
As society has become more sophisticated, there is a growing demand for specialists. Seton Hall offers a number of Concentrations for those students who desire to begin this specialization process in law school.
Seton Hall has established several "concentrations" in which students can specialize in a designated area of law by taking a core curriculum developed by Seton Hall faculty in consultation with attorneys and government officials working in the field. Concentrations will appear on the student's transcript and will also be reflected in a certificate provided after graduation.
All concentrations have specified course requirements and a choice of electives. In addition, all concentrations require an advanced legal writing project in the concentration. A student pursuing a concentration must produce a paper satisfying the concentration advanced legal writing requirement.
In order to obtain a concentration, a student must have, at the time of graduation, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the courses taken in the concentration. There is no overall GPA required. In calculating a student's GPA for concentration purposes where the student has taken more than the minimum courses needed, the qualifying courses in the concentration with the highest grades may be utilized.
To obtain a concentration, a student must file a formal declaration with the faculty director of the concentration. This declaration must be filed no later than the end of the add/drop period in the student's penultimate semester, i.e., the semester immediately preceding the semester in which he or she intends to graduate. For day students, this is usually the Fall semester of their third year; for evening students, this is usually the Fall semester of their fourth year. Students are permitted to declare earlier, and are advised to do so.
Although a formal declaration may be deferred until the student's last year, many concentration courses are offered only every other year. Students who are considering a concentration should consult with the faculty director as early in their law school careers as possible to maximize their opportunities.
A student may declare only one concentration.